Crime-Fighting Custodians Honored

The custodians claimed it wasn’t a big deal, but school officials and community members at Tuesday’s La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board meeting disagreed, lauding four men for thwarting a carjacking attempt on Feb. 15 in the La Cañada High School parking lot.

OUTOOK photo Eliseo Williams, Alvin Jones, Melvin Jones, Principal Ian McFeat, Carl Payne, Deputy Eric Matejka and Pat Anderson attended Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, where the four custodians were honored for intervening in an attempted carjacking last month.
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Eliseo Williams, Alvin Jones, Melvin Jones, Principal Ian McFeat, Carl Payne, Deputy Eric Matejka and Pat Anderson attended Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, where the four custodians were honored for intervening in an attempted carjacking last month.

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USC-VHH Infection Expert Shares Germ Zapper With LCHS

Mary Virgallito visited her former teacher Mark Ewoldsen and some of his AP biology students on Monday, delivering a presentation meant to inform and inspire.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK La Cañada High School graduate Mary Virgallito, director of Patient Safety at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, visited Mark Ewoldsen’s AP biology class to introduce students to a Xenex germ-zapping robot.
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La Cañada High School graduate Mary Virgallito, director of Patient Safety at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, visited Mark Ewoldsen’s AP biology class to introduce students to a Xenex germ-zapping robot.

The La Cañada High School graduate brought an important, powerful friend with her. Continue reading “USC-VHH Infection Expert Shares Germ Zapper With LCHS”

Three Squatters Arrested on Charges of Grand Theft, Burglary

Three people, part of a larger group reportedly squatting in a bank-owned home, were arrested Thursday, March 2, in La Cañada Flintridge on charges related to burglary theft, according to Alan Chu, a sergeant at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
He said one of those arrested was a 36-year-old male, who remains in custody and faces charges of grand theft. The other two, a 36-year-old female and a 23-year-old male who are both charged with burglary, were released on their own recognizance Monday, Chu said. Continue reading “Three Squatters Arrested on Charges of Grand Theft, Burglary”

LCHS Sophomore Stokes Passion to Fly

Ready for take-off, Gaines McCollum, a sophomore at La Cañada High School, sat comfortably behind the controls of a Boeing 737, plotting his course from KLAX to KLAS.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.

For the benefit of a guest in the cockpit on this particular afternoon, the 16-year-old explained that was pilot-speak for Los Angeles International to Las Vegas’ McCarran International: “And once I’ve been cleared, I’ll have to find my Loop Eight Departure and my Daggett Transition. I plan my entire flight because just like how there are lanes on a highway, there are lanes in the sky, so I’ll get waypoints I have to go on ….”
This flight, like hundreds of others like it, would be a virtual trip. Continue reading “LCHS Sophomore Stokes Passion to Fly”

Student Collecting Textiles to Fund Training in Africa

 During his last visit to Uganda, Ray Wipfli visited Bulamu Secondary School in Mpigi, where the school’s Ray United FC club was awarded a 1-million Ugandan shilling ($285) grant to promote nutrition by planting fruit trees and encouraging fruit consumption on campus. The Uganda students pictured are the leaders of the club receiving the donation.
Photo courtesy Heather Wipfli
During his last visit to Uganda, Ray Wipfli visited Bulamu Secondary School in Mpigi, where the school’s Ray United FC club was awarded a 1-million Ugandan shilling ($285) grant to promote nutrition by planting fruit trees and encouraging fruit consumption on campus. The Uganda students pictured are the leaders of the club receiving the donation.

Without even the wave of a fairy godmother’s wand, that box filled with clothes you’ve been meaning to donate could be turned into health, citizenship and soccer education for children in Africa. Continue reading “Student Collecting Textiles to Fund Training in Africa”

Wet Winter or Not, Keep Saving Water

It’s been raining, it’s been pouring, so the old way of watering is OK again, right?
“No,” said Lisa Novick, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who is the Theodore Payne Foundation’s director of outreach and a passionate conservation advocate. “No, no, no.”

Photo courtesy Landscape Integrity Films and Education In a video shot at Flintridge Prep, La Cañada Flintridge resident Lisa Novick advocates for native landscaping.
Photo courtesy Landscape Integrity Films and Education
In a video shot at Flintridge Prep, La Cañada Flintridge resident Lisa Novick advocates for native landscaping.

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County Sagebrush Meeting Postponed Until April

What’s an extra nine weeks spent on an issue that dates back to 1961?
At the request of the chief petitioners, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization has again postponed making a preliminary decision on whether to grant a territory transfer of the 385-acre Sagebrush area in westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified to La Cañada Unified School District. Continue reading “County Sagebrush Meeting Postponed Until April”